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Georgia senator stalls rape kit bill, medical marijuana bill

Senator Renee Unterman | SOURCE: WGCL Senator Renee Unterman | SOURCE: WGCL
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

A CBS46 investigation uncovered the issue of untested rape kits stacking up at area hospitals. Those kits could contain DNA that could bring rapists to justice, but not if they are never tested.

Senator Renee Unterman is chair of the committee that would have to bring the rape kit bill up for it to move to the senate floor. But she is denying requests for a hearing on the issue.

"Our finding shows that there was no reason to write a law that the state of Georgia had received a $2 million grant and the back log is not there," Unterman said. "I've been asking that representative to show me where the back log is, show me where this rape kits are?"

CBS46 spoke with hospital officials at Grady Memorial Hospital who said this time in 2015 they had more than 1200 kits but now that number is down to 150.

State Representative Scott Holcomb is the main sponsor of the bill. He thinks the problem of untested rape kits still exists.

"In terms of the rest of the state my strong suspicion is there probably are kits on the shelves and candidly that is one of the purposes is to find out," Holcomb said.

Marijuana bill

A medical marijuana bill that would have expanded illnesses it covers has stalled at the State Capital.

The measure initially appeared to have strong support but Senator Renee Unterman claimed the bill came to the senate late and there wasn't enough time to debate it.

Unterman also claimed some families affected by this didn't want it.

"Unfortunately after the bill came over from the house the families were split," Unterman said. "I had half the families come to me and ask me to hold the bill and then I had half the families that wanted to move the bill. So it was kind of a precarious position to be in."

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